Molly Bagby

Oct 172014

octoberhwtThis month’s issue of The Highland Woodturner is full of different project ideas including several for the upcoming holidays!

Curtis Turner’s column features an “extremely easy project” on Creating a Stropping Wheel, which is helpful in touching up knives and turning tools. Curtis lets you know the materials you need and gives an overview of the creation process.

Rick Morris has a very helpful step-by-step guide in creating a turned snowman ornament, which then links to two different blog entries on creating a bell-shaped ornament as well as a Christmas tree light ornament.

As an additional feature, Rick has included a two-part video accompaniment to his written article on turning the snowman ornament. So whether you prefer a written step-by-step guide, or watching a video, we’ve got you covered on creating some easy and fun Christmas ornaments for this holiday season!

As a change-up to our normal Show Us Your Woodturning column, Ben Hall has created a video showing off the creation of his turned magic wands. Ben goes through the step-by-step process of this quick turning project and even has his adorable daughter demonstrating how to properly use the magic wand at the end of the video.

Phil Colson has a great time-saving tip on using the Oneway Wolverine Grinding System, which is also one of our featured woodturning products this month, along with the Delta 2MT Live Center.

All of this and more in our October issue of The Highland Woodturner. And don’t forget, we are always accepting reader submissions for both The Highland Woodturner and Wood News Online. CLICK HERE for more information on how to submit and how you can receive store credit at Highland Woodworking for your submission!

Oct 022014

wn110blogWe just released our October issue of Wood News Online, full of some great woodworking project ideas, tips, and stories.

This month’s issue includes:

  • Our ‘Show Us’ series featuring woodworking shops, woodworking projects, and carving projects of our readers:

Show Us Your Shop – David Lane’s beautiful stand-alone shop in Old Lyme, CT.
Show Us Your Woodworking – Steven Durkee’s inlay woodworking projects and jewelry boxes.
Show Us Your Carving – Timothy Brennan’s detailed carving projects.

  • A variety of woodworking and safety tips:

Tips From Sticks-In-The-Mud Woodshop – How nail polish and coat hangers can help your woodworking.
Woodworking Safety Tip – Unexpected Guests – An Alternative.
The Down to Earth Woodworker – The SawStop Outfeed Table Project and more.

  • Several ongoing projects that are contributors are working on:

The Great Sawbo- Part 1 – Scott Stahl discusses the idea and details behind his miniature Roubo sawbench project and begins the building process.
Flexibility on the Design Build Curve – Tom LeRoy shares his new bed project inspired by a Japanese and Arts and Crafts style design that he came up with.
Bass Guitar Build – Lee Laird continues with his build by working on the neck and fretboard of his new guitar.

  • Product Reviews:

Tool Review – Klemmsia Cam-Action Clamp
Book Review – Weekend Woodturning Projects
Video Product Tour – The Galbert Drawsharp with Peter Galbert

  • Upcoming Special Guest Teacher Classes:

Scott Meek- Make a Wooden Smooth Plane
Frank Klausz- Hand Tool Joinery

And don’t forget, we are always looking for reader submitted articles, ‘Show Us’ submissions, videos, and more. CLICK HERE for more information!

All of this and much more in our October issue of Wood News Online

Sep 182014

The WIA Marketplace is full of both power and hand tools and to use some of these tools to their full potential, you need a good workbench. This is where Plate 11 Workbenches comes in. Founder Mark Hicks was on hand this past weekend to discuss the story behind his company and how on a dare from Christopher Schwarz, Mark was inspired to start making his own workbenches:

Mark built a pair of Split-Top Roubo benches specifically for WIA, but by the time we met up with him, he had already sold the model at his booth. Luckily, the second in the pair was on display at the Sterling Tool Works booth and thanks to Sterling company founder, Chris Kuehn, we have some beautiful pictures of this bench to share with our readers:



You can find out more about Plate 11 Workbenches by visiting their website:

Sep 172014

wt42Hey woodturners, we’ve got a new issue of The Highland Woodturner for you to read!

First up we’ve got a classic article from Curtis Turner on turning your own chisel handles. You can even make a whole set of them and always know which chisels are yours!

Temple Blackwood explains “The Order of Cuts,” which is a method of planning out the steps of your project. He applies this method to the creation of a Fluted Antique Screw-Driver Handle.

Every month we have been featuring an episode of Popular Woodworking’s new show Woodturning with Tim Yoder, and this month he has an episode on turning a Cylindrical Box with a Drawer.

Our Show Us Your Woodturning artist this month is Jay Barry, who has only been turning for 4 months and already has some beautiful bowls on display!

Phil has a turning tip on changing up your everyday woodturning by attending a class or folk school and learn some new skills!

All of this and more in our September 2014 issue of The Highland Woodturner.

Sep 032014

wn109blogimageSummer is coming to a close, but that usually means the woodworking season picks back up again and people are out in their shops in the (usually) lovely weather that Autumn brings. We’re happy to have just released our September issue of Wood News Online, #109, full of even more project ideas than past issues have had, as well as some great tips, tricks, and woodworking deals.

This month’s issue includes:

  • Project Ideas: Wine Glass Cabinet – Forrest Bonner discusses his plans and construction process of a wine glass cabinet for his wife. In this project article, he goes over the SketchUp plan he created and then has a step-by-step picture instruction of the actual creation of the project.
  • Continuing with last month’s Electric Bass Guitar Build, Lee Laird continues his build and has to decide what kind of neck he will build on the guitar, with either a “neck-through body” or a separate neck that connects to the Bass’s body. Find out which one he chooses and how he builds it in this issue!
  • We’ve got an interview with our Lie-Nielsen/Tormek Sweepstakes winner, Kevin Meske, who took some time to answer a few questions about his new tools and what kind of projects he is making with them.

Our Show Us series includes:

  • Show Us Your Shop with Glenn Miller’s beautiful Catskills shop in the upstate New York. Glenn gives us a history of his woodworking pastime and shares some of his projects that he has completed.
  • Show Us Your Woodworking with Duane Holmes’ Southern Ladies Desk, as well as a beautiful chest he is building for his granddaughter full of inlay and veneer.
  • Show Us Your Carving with Sarah Rowe, our first ever Show Us Your Carving contributor whose column originally appeared in our July 2011 issue of Wood News.

Our monthly tip contributors include:

We’ve also got some great product reviews on The Complete Manual of Woodworking and the Lenox Tri-Master Carbide Tipped Bandsaw Blade.

And while you’re reading, check out our newest products including the Elipse P100 Dust Mask, the Woodpeckers OneTime Tool – Angle Gauge, the Benchcrafted Classic Leg Vise, and the Rikon Grinder.

All of this and more woodworking products, tips, and project ideas in our September issue of Wood News Online.

Aug 282014

LN-tormek-giveawayBetween April-July, 2014, customers were able to enter our Lie-Nielsen/Tormek Sweepstakes for a chance to win a great prize package, which included:

The lucky winner was recently announced and we are happy to congratulate Kevin Meske on his lucky win!

We recently spoke with Kevin on his woodworking background and what kind of woodworking he plans to do with his new tools:

kevinmeske1. Can you give us a history of your own woodworking? What types of woodworking do you do? How did you get started?

I have always had a passion for building things. My mother use to tell me that I would tear apart all my toys as a young boy just to see how they work and then put them back together. I started woodworking at a young age, mainly birdhouses and other small projects. My passion for it really took off when I found Norm Abram and the New Yankee Workshop. Today I am employed as a carpenter and also love watching Tom Silva on This Old House. Although I love carpentry, nothing beats trying to replicate a Norm Abram piece out in the workshop. Furniture building is my favorite kind of woodworking.

2. How did you find out about the contest?

I saw the Tormek Grinder on the New Yankee Workshop. I went to google and did some more research about it. There was a link to the contest on the search page. I added it to my Amazon wish list that same day. Thanks to you, I was able to remove it.

3. Can you describe your reaction on finding out that you won?

I was going through my email deleting spam/junk mail and I ALMOST deleted the email saying I won because I didn’t recognize the name. The only reason I gave it another look was that I saw that it had an attachment with it. I couldn’t believe it that I had won. My wife was sitting next to me and I just told her in a low voice (in shock),” I won.” Then we screamed and celebrated together. 

4. What do you plan on using your new tools for? What will you do first?

I plan on sharpening everything I can get my hands on, which is exactly what I did first. No more dull chisels! I am excited to build a new project to break in my new hand planes.

5. Hand Tools or Machines?

They both have they advantages and disadvantages. I like to use power tools to get me as close as to finished piece as it will take me. I like to fine tune with hand tools. for example fitting a tenon into a mortise.

Any final words?

Just want to say thank you for helping me add more tools to my workshop. I have many more to add as I am a young man and just getting started and buying what I can afford and when I can afford. Thanks to you and this contest I have a couple top of the line goodies that I will cherish forever! (Also, below is one of my Norm Abrams replications that I created)


Keep reading the blog to find out when our next contest will be!

Aug 212014

Have you read the new issue of The Highland Woodturner hwtaugustyet?

Our August issue contains several great articles, projects, and tips that can be used in the woodturning realm.

This month, Curtis Turner focuses on the use of Liming Wax and Sandblasting to help embellish and enhance the surfaces of your turned projects. He goes over the process of sandblasting and alternative methods, and also gives some good tips on using liming wax and how to use it safely.

Rick Morris gets a start on turning for the holidays and gives a step-by-step outline of Turning a Christmas Tree. He lets you know the tools and materials you need, as well as multiple pictures of the creation process.

Natural Edge turning offers a different look to your turned projects and this month’s ‘Show Us Your Woodturning‘ contributor, Gene Russell, shows off his beautiful natural edge bowls.

Phil Colson offers a tip involving the finishing of your turning by letting you know what to do if you have a broken nozzle on your can of finish. Check out the Nozzle Tip.

And don’t forget to check out Popular Woodworking’s Woodturning with Tim Yoder with a special episode on Turning a String Top Toy.

All of this and more in our August issue of The Highland Woodturner!